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Taliban says “Muslims in Kashmir have a right to raise their voices”: report

Afghanistan: Taliban is preparing to unveil its government in the country. (file)

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Amid India’s concern that the Afghanistan region could be used for anti-India activities under the Taliban regime, the terror group has said it has the right to raise its voice for Muslims anywhere, including in Kashmir. However, it said the group does not have a policy of taking up arms against any country.

In an interview with BBC Urdu, Taliban spokesman Suhail Shaheen said: “As Muslims, we have the right to raise our voices for Muslims in Kashmir, India and any other country.”

According to Geo News, “We will raise our voice and say that Muslims are your people, your citizens. They are entitled to equal rights under your laws.”

Shaheen’s remarks contradict the group’s earlier statements on Kashmir. Days after taking control of Kabul, the Taliban said Kashmir was a “bilateral and internal matter”.

foreign ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi On Thursday, India said that India’s objective is to ensure that Afghanistan’s land is not used for any kind of terrorist activities.

In the first formal and publicly acknowledged contact, Indian Ambassador to Qatar Deepak Mittal met senior Taliban leader Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanekzai on Tuesday and conveyed India’s concerns that Afghan soil is being used for anti-India activities and terrorism. should not be done.

The MEA said the discussions also focused on the safety, security and early return of Indian nationals stranded in Afghanistan and the travel of Afghan nationals, especially members of minority communities, to India.

India is concerned that Afghanistan could become a hotbed of Islamic terrorism, the first of its kind. In the past, ISIS and Al Qaeda have also tried to establish a state, but failed. There are fears that Sunni and Wahhabi terrorist groups will make the Taliban their safe haven.

Amid rising concerns over the security situation in Jammu and Kashmir, India is expected to increase security vigil in the region.

“Security vigil will be increased in Kashmir but things are under control and Pakistan-based groups in Afghanistan have little ability to make use of the situation,” government sources told ANI last month.

Government sources also said that Pakistan’s intelligence agency ISI, which has good relations with the Taliban leadership, will try to influence the Taliban but it will not work as the Taliban is in a position of strength this time and only a weak Taliban can do it. . affected by ISI

Recently, a leader of Pakistan’s ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government has said that Taliban will help the country to ‘liberate’ Kashmir from India. Speaking at a televised news debate, leader Neelam Ershad Sheikh said, “The Taliban have said that they are with us and they will help us in this. [liberating] Kashmir.”

(Except for the title, this story has not been edited by NB staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

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